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Thom Shanker, a Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, routinely spends time embedded with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shanker was formerly a foreign editor and correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, based in Moscow, Berlin, and Sarajevo. He is co-author of Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda.

Q & A

Where are you from?
I currently live in the Washington suburbs of Northern Virginia.

Who are your favorite writers?
Raymond Chandler and Mikhail Bulgakov

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
"The Big Sleep" and "Master and Margarita"

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Music (loud) and walks (long)

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
When there is something to do, you have to do that. When there is nothing to do, it's OK to do that...

What is your favorite quote?
True stories of combat defy retelling.

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers?  What is the answer?
Q: Where do you get your story ideas?
A: I take long walks inside the Pentagon.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Eric and I believe we have a very important story to tell.

Where do you write?
Wherever I can find a computer.

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Inside the Pentagon's secretive and revolutionary new strategy to fight terrorism--and its game-changing effects in the Middle East and at homeIn the years following the 9/11 attacks,...

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